Prayer breakfast canceled

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 20, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — For the second year in a row, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of what would have been the 35th annual Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast.

The event, which was being hosted by the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, had been slated to take place May 6 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores. Held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, the event has long been well attended by city officials and members of the public alike.

Jennifer Palms Boettcher, president of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, announced by email April 16 that it was with “great disappointment” that they were going to have to cancel the breakfast because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan.

Although the GPCC and the GPYC had both made substantial commitments to making this year’s event as safe as possible — including having it outdoors at separated tables, and with plated meals instead of a buffet — with Michigan case numbers continuing to soar and local hospitals reaching capacity, they determined that it still would be too potentially risky to hold the breakfast.

“This decision was a difficult one especially since so many of our residents, family and friends have been vaccinated, but in all actuality, it is a decision based on the overall best interest in keeping all of us safe and healthy,” Palms Boettcher said by email.

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